LONDON, April 6 (UPI) -- The London-based International Chamber of Commerce's Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau has launched an online map to track the global trade in illicit goods.
The ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau announced the release of its Live Counterfeiting Seizure Map and Live Seizure Report services. The map, which utilizes U.S. company Google's mapping technology, plots where the major busts of criminal groups trafficking illicit goods have taken place around the world since 2007, the ICC reported.
Officials said each point on the map provides information including the date and location of the seizure and what the transnational criminal groups were trafficking along with other details as a way to raise awareness and track possible trafficking trends.
"For years now, business leaders have been asserting that counterfeiting is a global problem affecting every country and sector," Max Vetter, ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau manager, said in a statement.
"This map will go some way to corroborating the intelligence that can help bring this issue to the attention of both the public and law enforcement."